KATE MIDDLETON had to follow Palace rules and pull out of a charity boat race but her team captain called the situation a “nightmare” and that she “rued the day” the Duchess got involved, according to a royal author.
Kate Middleton and Prince William delighted royal fans yesterday with their first appearance after returning from their royal summer break in the Caribbean. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were at the King’s Cup Regatta to cheer on their parents, with William winning third place in the charity race with his team. Although the Duchess of Cambridge was awarded a wooden spoon for her team’s disqualification, spirits were high with adorable George and Charlotte stealing the limelight with their cheeky antics.
However, Kate was prevented from taking part in another charity boat race when she had to follow Palace orders, with her skipper saying that she “rued the day” she met the future Duchess.
Biographer Andrew Morton, in his 2011 book “William and Catherine”, writes how Kate had to “give up” her independence in 2007.
When Kate and William had a brief break-up that year, newly-single Kate threw herself into the gruelling training for a charity dragon-boat race across the english Channel.
However, when the romance was back on, Mr Morton writes: “She pulled out of the dragon-boat race in August with just a week to go.”
The Duchess of Cambridge (Image: Getty)
Kate Middleton and Prince William pictured in 2007 (Image: Getty)
Race organiser Emma Sayle told the author that she pleaded with Kate in an emotional phone call: “Remember, this is not just for charity, it is for yourself.
“Please don’t drop out.
“For the first time in your life you are actually doing something for yourself.”
However, Mr Morton adds, the plea was “in vain”.
A glum-looking Kate and William shortly before the 2007 split (Image: Getty)
He writes: “At a pivotal moment in her life, Kate chose to play by the [Palace’s] rules.”
Ms Sayle told Mr Morton: “It was one of the worst experiences of my life.
“I rue the day I ever met Kate Middleton.
“She is a lovely girl, but everything that comes with her – the paparazzi, the egos, and Clarence House – made it a nightmare.”
Kate Middleton trains with organizer Emma Sayle (Image: Getty)
Kate Middleton with Emma Sayle, left (Image: Getty)
The rowing team were set to race a Chinese dragon boat 21 miles across the English Channel to raise money for charity.
Mr Morton continues: “[Kate’s] friend Alicia Fox-Pitt also had to drop out after breaking her collar bone in a riding accident.
“Alicia, however, travelled to Dover to wave the team off on what proved to be a world-record-breaking endeavour.
“As for Kate, it was as if the last three months of relative independence had become another country, the Sisterhood never heard from her again; not so much as a word of congratulation or a donation to the children’s charities for which the women raised more than £100,000.”
William and Kate timeline (Image: DX)
After just a few months apart, William saw the error of his ways and whisked Kate off on a romantic Seychelles getaway that summer, where they made a secret pact of commitment to each other.
Mr Morton adds: “While Emma Sayle was helming the dragon coat across the choppy Channel, Kate and William, under the assumed names of Martin and Rose Middleton, were bidding farewell to the paradise island of Desroches in the Outer Seychelles, where they had spent a sublime week renewing their love affair.”
By 2010, William was ready to propose and secretly tucked his mother’s world-famous engagement ring into his backpack to surprise Kate with when he proposed to her in the remote Kenyan mountains.
They wed in front of billions of viewers around the globe in their spectacular royal wedding in 2011, ten years after they first met at university.
The Duke and Duchess welcomed Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK